Windows 8.1 preview: 14 of the best new features

Windows-8.1.jpgWindows 8.1 is finally available to download in preview form, updating Microsoft’s divisive operating system with new features that should help ease the pain of those turned off by the new-look OS.

The preview build is available for all to try out now. Click here to find out how to give it a go ahead of its late 2013 full release.

We’ve had some hands-on time with the new build of the OS and have picked out fourteen of the best new additions. Check them out below!

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  • fate6

    that start button was actually in Win8 up to the Dev Preview(its good to see it back tho)

    • Agosto Nuñez

      It'll be getting used to for me, I actually didn't miss it at all, but I know a lot of people who actually avoided buying the O.S. because they didn't see it *facepam*.

  • fate6

    that start button was actually in Win8 up to the Dev Preview
    (its good to see it back tho)

    • Agosto Nuñez

      It’ll be getting used to for me, I actually didn’t miss it at all, but I know a lot of people who actually avoided buying the O.S. because they didn’t see it *facepam*.

  • dave

    Ooh, I bet Apple are quaking in their boots over this…… not.

    • Agosto Nuñez

      Yes, because O.S. X Mountain-Lion has a larger market share than Windows 8 (this was completely written in a sarcastic style).

  • dave

    Ooh, I bet Apple are quaking in their boots over this…… not.

    • Agosto Nuñez

      Yes, because O.S. X Mountain-Lion has a larger market share than Windows 8 (this was completely written in a sarcastic style).

  • Agosto Nuñez

    I love the deeper Microsoft SkyDrive integration :-D

  • Agosto Nuñez

    I love the deeper Microsoft SkyDrive integration :-D

  • David Robilliard

    The start button returning is one of the stupidest features to return, not the best. The reason it returned was because morons can't use their heads.

  • David Robilliard

    The start button returning is one of the stupidest features to return, not the best. The reason it returned was because morons can’t use their heads.